An initiative to address the gender imbalance in tertiary IT studies

Craig, Annemieke and Coldwell, Jo 2010, An initiative to address the gender imbalance in tertiary IT studies, Interdisciplinary journal of information, knowledge and management, vol. 5, pp. 177-190.

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Title An initiative to address the gender imbalance in tertiary IT studies
Author(s) Craig, Annemieke
Coldwell, Jo
Journal name Interdisciplinary journal of information, knowledge and management
Volume number 5
Start page 177
End page 190
Publisher Informing Science Institute
Place of publication Santa Rosa, Calif.
Publication date 2010
ISSN 1555-1229
1555-1237
1555-1245
Keyword(s) gender
female
computing
under-representation
recruitment
Summary Gender imbalance in the IT sector is a problem with few females choosing information technology (IT) as a career. This paper describes an initiative conducted in Victoria, Australia, that aimed to expand the career horizons of secondary school girls aged 14 to 18 by showing them the range of career opportunities available in information technology. The event was a two day showcase where industry speakers from a wide variety of areas within the sector spoke about their careers. The event participants - students and their accompanying teachers - were surveyed. Both students and teachers indicated that the Showcase had been a worthwhile event that had made them much more aware of some of the career options available in the IT sector. The most significant finding was that after the event a considerable percentage of the students indicated that they would consider a career in IT, when only about half of those surveyed indicated that they had considered IT beforehand.
Notes Reproduced with the specific permission of the copyright owner.
Language eng
Field of Research 130212 Science, Technology and Engineering Curriculum and Pedagogy
Socio Economic Objective 939904 Gender Aspects of Education
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
HERDC collection year 2010
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30028629

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